Knit to This: Mr. & Mrs. Bridge

October 9, 2021

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  • I saw this when it came out, and then read both books (highly recommended). Perfect time for a rewatch, especially with close to 30 years of marriage under my belt since the first watching.
    And like you say – Newman and Woodward, what could be better…..

    • There is no better movie than Howard’s End. I am not one for rewatching movies. Thsy one I have seen many many times.

  • I loved this movie when it came out. So many moments in the movie reminded me of my grandparents (although neither of my grandfathers looked like Paul Newman!). I will have to seek it out, and watch it again from the persepctive of a diffeent age. (and yes, the books are highly recommended)

  • I’ve never seen this one. Perfect idea. I’m going to knit and watch this movie on this lovely rainy Saturday ☔️

  • If you want another delicious Newman/Woodward “marriage story,” try From the Terrace. I can’t look away when I see it on the schedule!

  • These are great books and should be read before watching. For a hilarious and completely mindless romp…Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

  • Thanks for introducing me to this film, it sounds like a perfect rainy day movie to knit to.

  • Howard’s End is always the right thing to watch. Or Brideshead Revisited.

  • I never saw this, but suspect I may not have had as much understanding when it came out as I do now. And Newman and Woodward? There’s no dreamier couple, at any age.

  • Still cannot go to Kansas City and go through certain parts of town without thinking of that film.

  • Howard’s End
    Remains of the Day
    Room with a View.

    Enough Said.

  • I LOVE this movie! We use quotes from it regularly “You’ll bring me my change!”

  • Scenes From a Marriage … this was so powerful that I almost changed my college major to the history of film. Our teacher was amazing. He’d bring in all these old black-and-white classics for a class of bored 18 year olds to watch and every darn time, we’d be glued to the screen within the first three minutes. What an education in good art!

  • Merchant Ivery Howards End and also more recent 4-part version with Hayley Atwell and Matthew McFadyen. Both are beautiful for different reasons.

    I will definitely check Mr and Mrs Bridge – both books and film.

    Other marriage portrait-type films I could watch over and over (although not quite as light maybe??):

    The Lion in Winter (Hepburn and O’Toole sparring with spectularly good dialogue)

    Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Hepburn again with Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier again with spectularly dialogue)

  • Joanne Woodward died at 90 from Alzheimer’s, not even able to remember she was married to the handsomest man of his generation.

    • I don’t think Joanne Woodward is deceased.

      • Nope, still kicking at 91.

  • I live in Kansas City and the filming of the movie was fun for the whole city. The Newman’s were so nice, people would run into them at the grocery store or walking their dog. It was a very fun few months

  • AND Joanne Woodward was a knitter! Years ago when I lived in NYC, a Broadway play was about to open starring Joanne Woodward. One afternoon I went to the box office to buy tickets and who showed up but Paul Newman! He handed a bag thru the window to the ticket seller and explained that it was Joanne’s knitting. She’d forgotten it that day and asked him to drop it off. I immediately identified with her plight and liked them both…Joanne for being a knitter and Paul for being a nice guy to do an errand for her.

    I’ve never seen this movie but I’m definitely going to watch it. Thanks for recommending.

  • I’m just glad you kept the apostrophe off of E. M. Forster’s title :P. Emma, Helena, Vanessa and Tony…what a cast! Haven’t seen the new version with Hayley Atwell and Tracey Ullman

    • The apostrophe is a top ten pet peeve! No no no! Howards!

  • Oooohhhh! Howard’s End! The opening scene of the train of that incredible dress swishing through those damp leaves…I never took my eyes off the costuming.
    It took several viewings before I paid attention to the story.
    I still watch the movie just to ogle the detailing and brilliant designs. Sigh. Truly a work of art.
    The story is good too.